FAA authorizes Apple AirTags on checked baggage as Lufthansa backs off

FAA authorizes Apple AirTags on checked baggage as Lufthansa backs off
  • Any item tracker with a lithium battery containing less than 0.3g is permitted to fly
  • Both the airline and German officials have ruled that item trackers with small batteries and minimal power do not represent a safety issue

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reportedly authorized the use of Apple AirTags on checked baggage. For those unaware, any item tracker with a lithium battery containing less than 0.3g is permitted to fly. Hence, boarding passengers donot need to worry about the airline taking action if they track their luggage, as it is allowed as well as in compliance with international guidelines.

The clarification was given in response to worries that Deutsche Lufthansa AG may forbid active AirTags in bags. There were worries that the German airline may construe International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines to restrict AirTags and other lithium-powered trackers that cannot be switched off.

It was speculated that Lufthansa intended to prohibit the tags in order to conceal problems with missing luggage and other air travel issues.

Besides, it is worth noting that the ICAO can only issue guidelines, not compel the airlines to implement policies, and there are none for these devices in either Germany or the United States.

According to the European carrier, Apple gadgets are permitted on flights. Both the airline and German officials have ruled that item trackers with small batteries and minimal power do not represent a safety issue. Furthermore, the company cited that it intends to request an exemption from the rules on checked luggage for AirTags and similar devices.

Notably, the statement from the FAA and Lufthansa effectively resolves the issue. While the possibility of governments or airlines revising their stance isn’t completely ruled out, there haven't been any instances of fires or other mishaps that would cause a change of heart.

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